US Senate votes to allow ISPs (again) to collect and sell user data without consent

The US Senate has passed a resolution to roll back the consumer privacy regulation passed by the FCC late last year.  The FCC regulation requires Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast and Time Warner and telecom service providers like Version and AT&T to obtain explicit opt-in consent from consumers in order to use and share sensitive usage information like precise geo-location, financial information, health information, children’s information, social security numbers, web browsing history, app usage history and the content of communications.

The resolution will now have to pass in the House of Representatives in order to repeal the FCC rule. If the rule is repealed, ISPs and telecom providers will be able to use and share with 3rd parties sensitive user information without explicit consent.

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